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Happy Birthday to Me!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Three years ago yesterday Conan dropped the bombshell that he was leaving. Needless to say, I didn't celebrate my birthday the next day, or the next year, or the year after that.

This year I thought I was going to be spending the evening on my own at home, but instead I met two friends straight after work for a cup of coffee at Costa and then I was invited round for a meal at Grahame and Sue's house. It turned out to be a vegetarian feast and the whole of my Cell / Bible study Group were there too! I was given lots of cards, some roses and a pottery candle holder with scented candle.

I had a super evening and they even brought in a birthday cake with a candle on it and sang Happy Birthday to me! How kind people are! It's been the best birthday I've had in years! emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 4/6/2014 1:38PM

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/5/2014 3:05PM

    emoticon It sounds like you had a fabulous day. Woohoo! I'm so glad that you have such good friends.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 4/5/2014 10:30AM

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday! I hope you have many more!

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WAY2GOCAT 4/5/2014 4:56AM

    Yay! emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 4/4/2014 6:35PM

    Happy birthday!! You are such a special person--too bad some people didn't see it! Maybe some people kept you from being the special person you are!!

Anyway--may you celebrate MANY more birthdays!

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PICKIE98 4/4/2014 5:53PM

    It is not quantity of friends, it is quality, and you, my dear, have very high quality friends. SO glad you celebrated among them!!!

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KALISWALKER 4/4/2014 5:45PM

    I am so happy for you! I hope this marks the start of a new page of happiness for you.


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I'm heading Down Under

Friday, September 13, 2013

I'm going to visit my uncle in Tasmania (you know - the island off the south of Australia?) tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) for three weeks. I'm a bit nervous about going all that way (one train ride and three different planes) on my own and not knowing how much say I'll have in what I eat and what exercise I can do. Apparently my aunt is a very good cook!

I don't think I'm going to have internet access whilst I'm away, so if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.

I'm due back on 4th October, although I'll probably be too jet lagged to check into Spark Land for a day or two.

'See you' in October then.

Happy Sparking!

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    Lindsay, be sure to stop by my page and let me know you got back! ;)

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CAROLIAN 9/16/2013 2:34AM

    Have a good time bring me a kangaroo or a koala bear back xxx

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WAY2GOCAT 9/14/2013 9:14AM

    Have an emoticon time. Be safe!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 9/13/2013 4:04PM

Have a great time Lindsay! Enjoy yourself!!

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GEMLADYONE 9/13/2013 3:56PM

    Have a fabulous trip, Lindsay! Don't let the Tasmanian Devil get you, LOL!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 9/13/2013 2:02PM

    Prayers for a safe and wonderful trip!

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KRISTINSGOALS 9/13/2013 1:23PM

    Have a fun time, Lindsay!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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KIMPY225 9/13/2013 12:45PM

    Have a super, wonderful Time!!!!!!!!!!

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KALISWALKER 9/13/2013 12:43PM

    Have fun and Spark when you can!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 9/13/2013 12:15PM

    Lindsay! Go! Enjoy yourself!!! And your aunt's cooking!!!!! See you when you return!-Kris

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DEEGANA 9/13/2013 12:03PM

    Have a great one and try to log your food at least emoticon

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Two steps forward, one (big) step back

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I used to do but I was determined to build up gradually and not cause any secondary injuries through doing too much too soon.

On Monday, still feeling fine, I did a Body Pump exercise class at lunchtime, including some jumping on and off a fairly high step whilst holding a 5kg weight in each hand. I'm guessing this was the mistake although it felt OK at the time.

A couple of hours later, getting up to walk across the office, I got a shooting pain in my ankle which stopped me in my tracks. Although it eased a bit, walking was difficult and hurt. However, I had to get home and that meant walking and as I hobbled along by the river, the pain subsided until I could walk properly again.

Great! I'd been due to meet a friend at the Leisure Centre and go for a run so as I felt OK again, that's what I did. Only for 20 minutes on an even surface at a gentle pace and my ankle was fine for the first two-thirds of the run. After that it started hurting again and I still had to walk home.

By the time I'd cooked tea, my ankle was throbbing even when I sat resting with it elevated on cushions. It kept me awake for a time last night and has continued to be painful all day. Sometimes not too bad for walking on, other times, walking is very difficult.

I went to doctor who said it wasn't the bone or any serious setback, just a frustrating blip on the road to recovery. It's good that I haven't done any serious damage but it's still very disappointing.

Just as I was beginning to increase my running and planning to fell walk and see my running friends! Instead I've got to rest, ice and elevate it and take pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

So, no running, no driving, no walking other than the bare minimum, which also means no swimming. A big set-back.

I'm going to have to be very careful with calories now that my exercise level is taking another nose-dive.

The Summer 5% Challenge just took on a new level of challenge!

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 8/1/2013 7:49PM

    Hey, I am so sorry for your set back!! Look into some of the seated exercises on Spark, and you can always do leg lifts crunches etc, chair and floor work until you can walk / run!! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 8/1/2013 12:00PM

    Whew, I'm SO glad you didn't re-break it or something though! I know this has to be incredibly frustrating for you. It's so hard to live carefully, isn't it? Doggone it. Well, I hope this heals up quickly and you can get back out there and back to doing what you love. Take care of yourself, buddy!

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FLORNH 7/23/2013 4:40PM

    Oh no! I hope you are back to fully functional soon!

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LIFE-FAITH 7/23/2013 4:29PM

    emoticon I hope you are well sooner than soon!

Take care of that ankle! I so understand I have a lifelong issue with my ankle.
May you heal well! so you can be back at it all!

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GEMLADYONE 7/23/2013 4:28PM

    Ouch. That's rotten luck! Maybe just no jumping (with weights) for a while, huh? I know how excited you've been to join your friends and run & walk. Hopefully you can add those back in soon. Good thing you didn't do any damage! emoticon

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KIMPY225 7/23/2013 4:03PM

    Sorry to hear about the pain during your recovery! Keep pushing forward!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 7/23/2013 3:58PM

    Get lots of rest and keep that ankle elevated! I know it's tough to be sedentary right now, but better to heal than risk serious injury again. I'm hoping the time goes quickly for you.
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THE_SHAKESHAFT 7/23/2013 3:16PM

    Rest up and come back stronger!

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KALISWALKER 7/23/2013 2:02PM

    I hope giving it a rest helps and you are back to normal quickly.

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KRISTINSGOALS 7/23/2013 12:39PM

    Oh dear, Lindsay! I'm glad that you didn't do any serious damage to it, but definitely understand how frustrating it would be to be hurting again. Take care and I hope you heal this setback quickly!


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LIVERIGHTNOW 7/23/2013 12:38PM

    Lindsay- what a cruddy twist of fate!!! I am so sorry you have had this setback. The mother in me wants to say -you over did it- that was a LOT of stress on your ankle for just starting back to your old activity level. Slow down!!! I know how anxious you are to get back out there, running was a great release for you and you spent a lot of time "out there" . Yes, please- ice and elevate!
I love your new picture. I can see the close up of my friend....and long hair!!!!
Go have a cup of tea....and go easy on your stairs!=Kris

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Strategies for success

Saturday, July 20, 2013

In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge, today's assignment was to list some of the reasons our weightloss and exercise plans have failed in the past and what we will do differently this time.

Here are mine:

1. Enforced inactivity due to injury
Strategy: schedule other forms of exercise and be diligent in doing what I can

2. Used my high levels of exercise to excuse eating too much / the wrong things.
Strategy: continue to track carefully what I eat and remember what I've learned!

3. Not believing I can lose weight and becoming despondent when the scales don't do justice to my efforts.
Strategy: focus on what I HAVE managed to achieve and reward myself for sticking to my plan.

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GEMLADYONE 7/20/2013 1:29PM

    Great strategies Lindsay! You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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ANGELN325 7/20/2013 10:27AM

    You could be my twin. I, too, have had setbacks due to injury, currently my shoulder. I'm also looking to other ways to be active while I wait for my surgery to heal. I'm also being more mindful on what I eat, but I found my biggest killer is eating when I'm stressed. Definitely need to work on that along with dealing with the weight loss police as we call them. Finally, I also become despondent when the scale is being brutal. I need to come up with a reward system for behavior and then actually do that. We should brain storm on that for this challenge. Like what kind of reward we will get if we meet a certain exercise goal and what kind of reward we will get when we do LTGL. Thank you for the reward idea. I'm going to work on that this weekend!

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The Spring into Summer 5% Challenge is over

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Well, I did it - I got through all eight weeks of the 5% Challenge and tracked my nutrition and exercise, amassed Live the Goodlife points for the team and tried to keep in touch with other team-mates and encourage them.

Did I lose 5% of my body weight? No.
Am I disappointed? Yes, of course.

And yet, I know I've made progress and I've had some health issues to deal with too. I've found that I spend too long Sparking, still don't get through all the Spark Stuff that I'd like to, and all with the result of not getting enough sleep.

I'm going to get there, though. I'm going to lose my excess weight - very, very slowly, it would seem, but I WILL do it.

For now, though, my immediate goal is to fit into the very special dress and jacket that I've got for my sister's wedding on 10th August. She's getting married in Coventry Cathedral(!) and I'm reading the lesson, so will have to go up to the front and everyone will be looking at me - help! So, I'm GOING to fit into that dress!!

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KALISWALKER 7/16/2013 12:29PM

    I monitor my screen with a timer.

I need the Challenges to push myself to do the right things. I am doing better between Challenges now.

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GEMLADYONE 7/7/2013 11:34PM

    I hear you on the SP's easy to miss out on sleep and/or exercise if you spend too much time here, and it's easy to do...I have had to cut mine back to keep on track with my other goals. I guess it's just a matter of finding a balance! emoticon

You can do it Lindsay! I know you'll look great in that dress and it'll feel great. emoticon

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PILLYWIGGIN 7/7/2013 3:15PM

    emoticon Lindsay - keep going, what a wonderful incentive you have. You are closer to your goal than you were before the Challenge! I went to Coventry Cathedral once and it was an amazing place!
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ASOBFALLS 7/7/2013 3:04PM

    ONE month until August 10th.... emoticon
I know about reading the lesson...I read the OT lesson from II Kings 5 about Naaman and the servant girl and Elisha. I get a bit dramatic about it emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 7/7/2013 2:36PM

    nice to meet you and hope you are in the next challenge.

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DIANNEMT 7/7/2013 11:32AM

    I've done a couple of challenges and ALMOST got 5% once. If it gets you moving the right direction and learning a few new things, then it is working!! You'll look great for the wedding!

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/7/2013 11:19AM

    We just have to keep plodding along. emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 7/7/2013 11:07AM

    You have some great motivation to keep on striving towards your goals. Keep moving forward! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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